The foundation of good therapy starts with a good therapeutic connection.
One of the most important components of therapy is the connection you have with your therapist. To that end, let me share a little about myself and how I work so you can get a better idea as to whether we will make a good team.
HOW I WORK
You are the expert on you. Together we will work as a team to reach your goal(s).
My approach is collaborative, culturally responsive, and deeply informed by your unique identity.
My goal as a therapist is to create a safe space for you to process, explore, and ultimately, to facilitate meaningful growth. Life is a journey with ups and down and my role is to support you during the lows in order to get you back to where you need to be.
I practice as an integrative therapist meaning I piece together various components of different counseling theories to best suit you. Below is a summary of how I typically approach therapy:
SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY
Clients are experts on themselves
Focus on existing strengths and resources
Short-term therapy – treatment lasts for months, not years
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
Connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
Clients learn to recognize negative patterns of thought
Develop and utilize healthy coping skills
I may also integrate other therapeutic modalities as needed. We can discuss during an initial consultation if you require further information.
EDUCATION & LICENSE
California State University, Fullerton
M.S. in Counseling
University of California, Berkeley
B.A. in Mass Communications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #122236
* In case you're thorough like me, you can verify my license with the state of CA here. Please use my full name "Nicole Lynn Nishimura" to verify records.